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Sarah Negri ’18


From the classroom to the residence halls, Sarah Negri ’18 acquired the skills needed to land a job before she even began her senior year at Franciscan University.

Negri, an associate actuarial analyst at Auto-Owners Insurance Company in Lansing, Minnesota, reviews insurance rates for Minnesota and Kansas and other special projects.

The small size of Franciscan’s mathematics program made the professors readily accessible to help Negri outside of class.

“I really appreciated the personal connection to the professors. The math classes and programming classes I took at Franciscan started building my skill set for the job I am in now,” says Negri.

The constant expectation of academic excellence from her professors, especially mathematics professor Dr. Christina Safranski, helped her obtain an actuarial internship the summer before her junior year and again the next summer, helping her land her current job.

While at Franciscan, Negri received the Father Dan Egan Award for an Outstanding Senior in a Bachelor of Science Program and the Dr. Mary Salter Award in Mathematics.

Her job as a resident assistant helped develop interpersonal skills and her faith, while working with “the greatest team of women I could ask for,” says Negri. “That’s not something you get on a secular campus.”

Negri says, “The people I was surrounded by left a profound influence on me. The faculty and their families, the friars, and the fellow students I met at Franciscan leave me indescribably grateful for the wisdom, love, and joy they brought me and for the gift the Catholic Church is in my life.”